Wayne Rooney believes only Barcelona icon Lionel Messi or Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo could break his record of 253 goals for Manchester United.
After bursting onto the scene with boyhood club Everton at 16, Rooney moved to Old Trafford in 2004 where he went on to make 559 appearances.
Rooney played alongside Ronaldo in the United team that won the Premier League and Champions League double in 2008.
The Derby captain was reminiscing over the goals he plundered during his time at Old Trafford when he concluded that there are only two players who could outdo his record United haul.
“The United record might last longer simply because players don’t stay at clubs as long as they used to,” he wrote in The Times.
“Mind you, if Messi or Ronaldo came to Old Trafford for a swansong they’d probably break it in three or four years.
“Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world.”
“He practised and practised and began to produce. Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen.
“I’ve talked about composure and I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could. He just rolls them in, makes it so easy.
“Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun.
“Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.”